Elderly targeted in con

An elaborate fraud scam has claimed elderly victims in Kilburn who believed they were handing over debit cards to their bank.

Police say the village was one of the places targeted in a national con operation, where a fraudster has called the victim pretending to work for the bank they have an account with. The scammers then claimed there had been fraudulent activity on their victim’s account.

Fraudsters are reported to have asked for a PIN before telling them a courier will be sent to their house to collect their debit cards.

Either a genuine courier firm, or a taxi firm employed by the scammers, then call at the victim’s house to collect the cards.

The victims, who are all elderly, later discover that money has been withdrawn from their accounts.

Police have referred the crimes to the National Fraud Agency for investigation.

A force spokesperson said: “Officers are urging people to keep their PIN a secret and remember that banks will never ask you for your PIN.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”